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Washington National Guard Spouse wins National Award


Behind every good Guardsman is a support system that rarely sees the limelight. It’s made up of family, friends and spouses that offer love, encouragement and often handle every-day duties on their own while their loved one is away.

For now, the spotlight is on Nohelia Suce, who was recently named Spouse of the Year Base Winner for the Washington National Guard.

Suce is married to Sgt. Junior Suce, Senior Mechanic, 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation, and was identified by her peers as going above and beyond to help Family Readiness Groups over the last seven years while her husband was deployed or training for long periods of time.

“While watching the group leads, I thought it was something I could do one day,” said Suce.

She got her chance with Echo Company and she has put her unique style on the role.

As a native of New York City, Suce uses her diverse background of cooking Spanish Caribbean food to connect with soldiers and families. She also uses that background as a special instructor at Pierce College, where she puts her special flair for cooking into her presentations.

“This allows the students to experience a bit of culinary culture from the places and also promote deeper discussion,” said Suce. “Food creates an ice breaker for people.”

Suce is also working on her master’s degree in secondary education. She finds time to also help her son’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp, and do Zumba. She takes advantage of every hour of the day to help others and be the best she can. 

Help us congratulate our 2018 Spouse of the Year Base Winner for the Washington National Guard.